Persistence has paid off for Victorian year 12 student Luke Plapp (Nero Racing), who won the U19 national time trial crown in Buninyong on Thursday after spending the last six months preparing for the event. Plapp finished two seconds ahead of West Australia’s Tyler Lindorff, while Australian Cycling Academy’s Mitchell Wright (NSW) rounded out the podium.
“It is pretty amazing,” said Plapp following his win on the 21.6 kilometre course. “This has been a focus for quite a while now, to be able to put it all together on the day with so many amazing people, it’s awesome.”
After finishing 11th last year, Plapp was determined to take home the 2018 title and has ridden the course seven times in recent months. The youngster suggested this knowledge of the terrain and wind conditions contributed to his success.
“Without the practice runs before this I do not think it would have been possible,” said Plapp. “To be able to know the course like the back of my hand helped so much.”
The U19 men’s program continues on Saturday, with a six lap 70-kilometre road race of the iconic Mount Buninyong course. While Plapp was looking forward to the challenge, he had another plan first.
“I’ll celebrate tonight,” he laughed. “We will see for the road race – it’s going to be 41 degrees and they have already shortened our race. It is just going to be a battle of nutrition, whoever can eat and drink the best will win it, they’re just going to drop like flies in that heat.”
For Lindorff, second place was a worthy prize for the journey from Western Australia.
“Second is pretty cool,” he said. “I came off track last year and am doing all road this year, so it is nice to know I am on the road path this year. I did not know how my form was given it’s the beginning of the year, so it is good to know I am travelling well.”
The 2018 Fed Uni Road National Championships continue on Friday with under 19 women’s and elite and under 23 women’s and elite men’s time trials.